KENYA VETERINARY PARAPROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION (K.V.P.A)

The Kenya veterinary paraprofessional association (KVPA) was formed in the year 2011by a group of veterinary paraprofessionals in Nakuru County after the veterinary surgeons and veterinary paraprofessionals Act 29 of 2011 was passed. The association was officially registered in 2012 as an official body representing the welfare issues of the veterinary paraprofessionals countrywide. All along, members of association have fostered spirit of teamwork in a bid to address the constraints experienced in the industry. 

 

The mission: To represent the veterinary paraprofessional in the Kenya veterinary board as required by the Act while also addressing the welfare issues of the members.

 

The vision: To be the future national leading Association for the veterinary paraprofessionals that will represent members in national and international levels in welfare and financial capacity.

 

 Objectives of the association

(a)                To represent members and front their welfare issues as required under The Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Para-Professionals Act, Number 29 of 2011, hereinafter, the Act    

(b)               To promote, safeguard and protect the health of animals, as defined under the above Act       

(c)                To offer capacity building to livestock farmers, and other animal keepers where necessary, for the sake of promoting animal health and new technologies as a source of livelihood and food security.

Member eligibility

-          Any person who have graduated with a certificate, diploma and degree in Animal Health from a training institution which is accredited by the veterinary regulatory body.

 

Short term plans

-          Recruit more animal health professionals as members – basis of a strong and vocal association

-          Capacity build members by training on what is required of them by law. It is evident that most members have little or no knowledge at all about what is happening in the industry.

 

-          Agitate for the rights of our members when it comes to issues to do with veterinary laws and regulations.

Farm animals are an ancient, vital and renewable natural resource. Throughout the developing world, they are means for hundreds of millions of people to escape absolute poverty. Livestock in developing countries contribute up to 80 percent of agricultural GDP; 600 million rural poor people rely on livestock for their livelihoods. Globally, livestock are becoming agriculture’s most economically important sub-sector, with demand in developing countries for animal foods projected to double over the next 20 years. The ongoing ‘livestock revolution’ offers many of the world’s poor a pathway out of poverty.

Livestock not only provide people with food, income, traction and fertilizer but also act as catalysts that transform subsistence farming into income-generating enterprises, allowing poor households to join the market economy.

Holding back livestock development in poor countries are inappropriate policies, scarce livestock feeds, devastating diseases, degraded lands and water resources, and poor access to markets.

That being the case, the veterinary technologists and technicians will play a very important role in offering their expertise to help realize the Kenyan vision 2030 where we will be able to feed ourselves with the required animal proteins

And is due to this that the veterinary paraprofessionals are of immense importance in the livestock sub sector